Pleiades, the seven stars
Seven stars-sisters, seven great characters, seven dominant influences
Named after the Pleiades in Greek mythology, Messier 45 (M45) is an open cluster in the constellation Taurus. It is among the nearest star clusters to Earth and obvious to the naked eye in the night sky. The Pleiades are prominent in winter in the Northern Hemisphere, and have been known since antiquity to cultures all around the world. They are mentioned by Hesiod, and in Homer ‘s Iliad and Odyssey. They are also mentioned three times in the Bible. The star cluster was born when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth, about one hundred million years ago. The brightest members of the cluster are known in Greek mythology as two parents, Atlas and Pleione, and their seven daughters, Alcyone, Electra, Maia, Merope, Taygeta, Celaeno and Asterope.
In the mythology: After Atlas was forced to carry the heavens on his shoulders, Orion began to pursue all of the Pleiades, and Zeus transformed them first into doves, and then into stars to comfort their father. According to some versions of the tale, all seven sisters committed suicide because they were so saddened by either the fate of their father, Atlas, or the loss of their siblings, the Hyades. In turn Zeus, the ruler of the Greek gods, immortalized the sisters by placing them in the sky.
Pleiades inspired also the name of the French literary movement La Pléiade. It’s derived form “pleiad” has acquired a meaning of “multitude”. Symbolically, it is also used as a collective noun for a small group of brilliant or eminent persons.
In my philosophy, Personal Pleaid means anyone’s choice for his individual group of seven people, be them great thinkers, doers, or dreamers. Brilliant people who got immortalized, and still somehow influence us, residing maybe somewhere amongst the shinning stars in the sky. A member of your Personal Pleiad is someone who has influenced you, influences you, or you wish would influence you. Personal Pleiad is your portfolio of desired influence.
Sources: excerpt from Wikipedia and NASA (http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/)